Volunteering In The Panhandle

4-H Grows Responsibility

Noah, a Holmes County 4-H member, is learning responsibility through the 4-H Chick Chain project. Regardless of the age-old debate, “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” one thing is certain- raising chickens is a big responsibility. One of the newest and most creative ways that some of our Florida 4-Hers are learning the …

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4-H Grows Character

Growing up, we lived on a farm. At the age of 8, and not weighing much more than 50 pounds, my dad called me outside to a relatively small pen that he had fenced off the weekend before. He taught ag, so farming was more of a hobby for us, but this was something new. I noticed …

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4-H Grows Curiosity

Today is 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) – a day dedicated to engaging kids with science through a hands-on science experiment. This year’s experiment – Motion Commotion – will be conducted by thousands of kids across the nation as they will learn about physics, speed and safety. 4-H has been fostering curiosity about science …

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4-H Grows Compassion

4-Her Isaac Brooks helped prepare meals for hospice patients as part of his 4-H Community Service Project. With 4-H’s long history of community service and service learning built into the structure of the club model, 4-H members are poised to develop skills that make them highly valued students and eventually adults. And while grades and …

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4-H Grows Confidence

It is no secret that communication is a skill that is in high demand in the workplace. It is also a skill that requires confidence. That is one of the reasons why the Florida 4-H Positive Youth Development program intentionally targets the life skills of communication and confidence through every project and program. One program …

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It All Began with Ag…

4-H began with agriculture in 1902 and over the past 100 years has grown to help youth learn about everything from agriculture to aerospace. 4-H began with the seed of an idea. In 1902, America needed folks to embrace new advances in agriculture. But leaders with open minds, strong hearts and willing hands weren’t in …

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Understanding the 4-H Project

4-H Projects are about developing blue ribbon youth rather than blue ribbon projects. Make a Difference Monday, our online volunteer training series, kicked off this past Monday night!  This year’s series focuses on helping youth develop a sense of Mastery, one of the Essential Elements of a positive youth development.  Mastery is all about building …

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Time Saving Tips for the Kitchen

My husband calls me the one-trip-wonder because of my stubborn refusal to make more than one trip in from the car regardless of the size or number of items needing to be carried in.  I know he thinks I’m crazy, but really, who has time to make 27 trips from the car to the house?  I guess it’s …

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What to Know Before You Show

Make sure you have the proper health information for your animal before the show. Fall is a busy time of the year for most families, but especially those who are involved in livestock projects. One of the most important components of preparing to exhibit animals is having proper health certification. Knowing what you need and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/18/what-to-know-before-you-show/

Packing a Healthy School Lunch

Packing the kids’ lunches for school means you know which nutritious foods they are eating. Here are some budget-friendly, creative ideas to keep kids happy and healthy at lunchtime. Make a “Smarter” Sandwich: While some kids prefer the same thing every day, others may be okay with a slight switch to their sandwich. Use different …

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